Hallucinations and health problems
Type of Spiritual Experience
Incorrect stimulation can go wrong, which is why a system is needed and an understanding of the trigger points and their inter relationship and effects.
Although the example here is from Qigong, it would be wrong to single out this system as being the only source of health problems. All the systems from yoga to shiatsu, have resulted in much the same problems when people go too far too quickly and become obsessive about the approach, or when they try things without understanding the underlying theory. They go from nothing to an all out onslaught on a 2 week course and the results can be serious – damaging
A description of the experience
Kundalini Awakening – Dr David Lukoff
Mr A is a 44 year old married male painter. He taught himself [Qigong] . He had no previous psychiatric history or any family history of psychosis. Several days after Qigong practise, he suddenly became agitated and dysthymic. He claimed that he knew something special about the world including ‘the sea is associated with water’. He talked to the sea and had ‘American ideas’ in his head.
He was subsequently diagnosed as having a schizophreniform disorder and was admitted to a psychiatric hospital. One month later, he had a relapse while practising one Qigong method.
On the third morning after the practise, he suddenly cried aloud and danced around. He thought that his deceased mother had come back to life, but that he would become a ghost. He said that he could see the images of Buddha and other gods and he smelt a special smell. He intermittently maintained a special Qigong posture.
He was thus readmitted into the psychiatric hospital.
He was given chlorpromazine 100mg intramuscularly twice daily. A week later, he was completely recovered and had resumed work.